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NHS foundation trusts must redouble their efforts to make efficiency savings or lose privileges

Financial regulator Monitor has warned NHS foundation trusts to redouble their efforts to make efficiency savings in order to bring down a deficit that thr...

UK faces “mountain to climb” in improving care quality, study finds

The UK can do more to prevent unnecessary hospital admissions and improving survival from some of the biggest killer diseases. International comparisons...

NHS to reveal true cost of missed appointments to patients

Patients who miss appointments will be told how much they have cost the NHS, the health secretary has revealed. Jeremy Hunt also said he did not have a ...

“Cuts to frontline staff pay in the NHS have been dressed up as efficiency savings”

Paul Flynn's address to the BMA's ARM: The last year, in fact the last two years, have been dominated by the negotiations over the consultant contract. ...

GMC guidance reinforces being open and honest with patients

We have been advising doctors for over 50 years to let the patient know and apologise as soon as they realise something has gone wrong. This week's GMC...

Clear settlement for health and care needed that goes beyond an annual cycle

Concern about NHS finances are clear to see and these results echo what our members recently told us in our survey of NHS leaders. Building confidence in f...

NHS finances set to deteriorate further this year say trust finance directors

Eight out of ten trust finance directors expect to be in a worse financial position at the end of 2015/16 than they were in 2014/15. A Healthcare Financ...

How much money do we waste on NHS quangos at the expense of good care?

The film - The Matrix - depicted a dystopian future in which reality as perceived by most humans is actually a simulated reality. It’s a pretty good movi...

NHS trusts must create conditions which encourage doctors and nurses to admit mistakes

Doctors and nurses need the support of an open and honest working environment where they are able to learn from mistakes and feel comfortable reporting inc...

Saying that something should happen in the NHS is not the same as making it happen

Earlier this week, the new NICE guidelines on investigating patients with possible cancers made the headlines. There was much talk of speeding up investiga...

Effective policies around child health and wellbeing need reliable data

Today’s report - Focus on the Health and Care of Young People - makes for interesting reading. It tells us of changes in society, highlights a number o...